Matt rowed for Western all four years as a varsity rower. Both his sophomore and junior year he sat 3 seat in the v4 that took 3rd at WIRAs. Matt’s senior year saw him in 5 seat in the V8 that took 1st place at the 2012 NCRC and he sat 3rd seat once again in the V4 that took first at WIRAs. Matt received All West Coast his junior year and All American at ACRA his senior year. Matt rowed 2008 to 2012 and coached as an assistant coach for WWU before taking over as Interim Head Coach in 2015.
Assistant Coach: Carl Smith
Carl rowed at Western from 2011-2015, a member of the WIRA 3rd place novice 4+, 1st place NCRC novice 8 and novice 4+, four time medaling and three time 1st place NCRC varsity 8, four time medaling and three time 1st place NCRC varsity 4+, and 3rd place Dad Vail varsity 4+. Carl was named a 2012 ACRA All-American novice, 2014 and 2015 ACRA All Region oarsman, and a 2015 ACRA All-American oarsman. In addition to rowing with the Vikings, Carl competed with the Vesper U23 program that won Club Nationals in the summer of 2014 and rowed for Team USA for a 6th place finish in the 4- at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea during the summer of 2015. Carl is currently completing his majors in Kinesiology and in Applied Human Sciences and expects to graduate Winter 2016.
Novice Coach: Roddy VanderLinden
Roddy began his rowing career at Lake Union Crew, in Seattle, where he learned as a novice. He has been rowing for 7 years, four of them being on Western’s mens team. Rod rowed at Youth Nationals in the Lightweight 8. At Western, he rowed in the Men’s Varsity 4 and Lightweight 4 at WIRA’s, and the Lightweight 4 at NCRC. He is currently majoring in Chemisty at Western, and expects to graduate Winter 2016.
Will continues his role on the Men’s Crew staff as the team’s Strength Coach, providing the yearly strength programming and lifting instruction. Will rowed in high school at Olympia Area Rowing club and currently competes in the sport of Strongman at the regional level. Will holds a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification (CSCS) as well as USA-Weightlifting Level 1, and graduated from Western in Spring ’14 with a BS in Kinesiology, focusing in Sport Psychology. Will is also a Rowperfect UK author and updates content weekly on his website for rowing, strength, and lacrosse training, www.strengthcoachwill.com.
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